Dr Justin Daniel
Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)
Justin grew up on a rural property in the Flinders ranges of South Australia. It was probably here that Justin developed his great love of animals as the property maintained a large number of pets and stock including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens and a string of rehabilitated birds.
Justin studied Veterinary Science at Murdoch University in Perth, which is where he and his wife met Linden met as veterinary students.
Justin graduated from University in 1998 and spent his first few years in a mixed animal practice in the Clare Valley of South Australia. As well as treating companion animals, this practice serviced pigs, sheep, cattle farms as well as a number of 'stud' properties including thoroughbred, standardbred, riding ponies, alpaca and merino breeding facilities.
Linden and Justin went on a ' working honeymoon' to the UK and spent 12 months overseas gaining valuable experience in many different practices.
Since returning to Australia, Justin worked in a busy hospital in Canberra, then spent another year in mixed animal practice before moving here to the beautiful South Coast.
Justin and Linden have had 3 boys since moving to the area and now have there own little hobby farm with sheep, alpacas, goats, 4 horses and 2 dogs to keep them company.
Justin enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and surgery attending to companion animals, horses and farm animals in his working days. He also has additional training in orthopaedic surgery.
In his time away from work Justin enjoys water sports, camping, bushwalking with his family, horse riding and motorbike riding.
Dr Linden Daniel
Veterinarian (BSc BVMS)
Linden's love of animals began when she was 5 years old and told her Mum that she wanted to treat animals becauses they has " such nice eyes". Linden followed her early dream and progressed to becoming a vet in 1999, graduating from Murdoch University in Perth. She initailly worked in a mixed animal practice in South Australia close by to Justin and where they later married.
Both Linden and Justin travelled to the United Kingdom where they both worked and travelled for 12 months learning a lot about different practices and foreign animals.
After this Linden worked in a busy small animal hosptial in Canberra and then went on to return to mixed animal practice in south Australia. During this time she gained a certificate in animal acupuncture and has been using this alongside conventional medicine to treat a variety of small animal problems.
Linden's passion is small animal work and she enjoys taking care of the family pet and getting to know the owners.
Linden and Justin have a dog named " Nosey" together with horses, sheep, goats and alpacs which they look after on a small property out of town.
Dr Nicole Rowley
Nicole grew up in rural gipsland where she develpoed a love for animals and a desire to be a vet from a young age.
She completed her studies in James Cook University in Northern Queensland before moving back to Victoria to work in a mixed dairy practice in the North East. Nicole enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including small animal surgery and getting out in the field with a variety of farm animals.
Nicole has been involved with showing and breeding purebred dogs from an early age. She has some very well loved Cairn Terriers and an English Toy Terrier who all love their regular walks along the beach. She spends a lot of time riding other people's horses and hopes to get one of her own in the near future.
Nicole is enjoys playing a number of sports being involved with Merimbula Netball, Merimbula Squash and Sapphire Coast Runners as well as surfing and horseriding in her free time
Dr Gabrielle Knight
Veterinarian (BVSc BVBio)
Gabby grew up in Jindabyne, before moving to Wagga Wagga to complete her veterinary studies through Charles Sturt University. On completeion of her veterinary degree, Gabby worked in a large mixed practice in Orange (Central West) NSW for 2.5years years before packing her bags and travelling to the UK for a working holiday. Gabby spent two years locuming for a number of different veterinary clinics throughout England and Scotland, while travelling Europe in her spare time.
On the return from her overseas endeavours, Gabby joined our team in September, 2018 and has settled into life on the Sapphire Coast very happily. Gabby thoroughly enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary practice and the variety it brings to each work day.
Dr Emily Bidgood
Veterinarian (DVM BAnSc)
Emily grew up in a small country town north of Newcastle with her close family and childhood Jack Russell, Smithers. She live in Armidale for 4 years studying a Bachelor of Animal Science before moving to Sydney to study Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially surgery, cattle medicine and has a special interest in wildlife/exotic animals. Emily has had experience in a range of different clinics spending time in America and Cambodia and looks forward furthering her Veterinary career here on the South Coast. In her spare time Emily enjoys playing football and keeping fit. She loves anything outdoors, camping, fishing and has recently started surfing
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies)
Lauren has lived on the Far South Coast her entire life and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is a kind and caring person to all animals and people. She has a beautiful dog named Sambar, a ferret "Fez", a Black-headed python "Mr Squiggle" and helps with WIRES injured animals.
Veterinary Nurse (BEqSc, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)
Shan grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney but has spent time exploring and travelling other places since finishing high school many years ago. She has completed a Bachelor of Equine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga as well as worked in the UK at an agricultural college as a horse groom/ teaching assistant and then spent 4 years working for a pet insurance company in both the UK and back home in Australia. She realised how much she missed working with all types of animals though and started working as a veterinary nurse 2013 and has never looked back! She has spent the last year working in Darwin at a small animal and wildlife specialist veterinary clinic and is looking forward to becoming a wildlife carer as soon as she finds a property and home to call her own here on the far south coast as well as finishing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
She is mum to a bouncy 5mth old wolfhound puppy called 'Ivy' and two poddy calves called 'Jerry' and 'Lewis" and though she doesn't own any horses of her own at the moment you will often find her out horseback trail riding or camping, kayaking and exploring the national parks with her partner in her free time.
Dr Kim is kind enough to be filling shifts for us. She has a large amount of experience in emergency medicine and a lot of knowledge about exotic pets. She joins us as a 'new' local having moved from Western Australia